Shortly after noon on Monday, a passerby noticed a coyote hanging out between Route 9A and the northern entrance of the Montrose train station in Cortlandt.
This most recent sighting is just the latest coyote concerns in the Hudson Valley recently. Earlier this year, the Greenburgh Police Department issued an advisory regarding coyotes. Coyotes were also spotted near The Hilton in Rye and near the Yonkers Raceway last month.
Police caution that coyotes should never be fed, and if a coyote is spotted, one should be aggressive with their behavior, making loud noises, waving arms and throwing sticks and stones to seem like a greater predator.
Pets should not be allowed to run free, and they should never be fed outside, as the food may attract coyotes. Homeowners should also eliminate the availability of bird seed. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, coyotes are attracted to the concentration of birds and rodents that come to feeders. If one does feed birds, waste seed and spillage should be cleaned.
According to police, fencing a yard may deter coyotes, and fences should be tight to the ground, extending six inches below the ground level, and brush and tall grass should be removed from properties to reduce protective cover for the animal. Officials noted that regulated hunting and trapping increases the “fear” coyotes have toward people.
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